Mayor Fougere calling for changes to Regina’s snow clearing system
After a major snow storm slammed the province this month, people in Regina are calling for change.
Mayor Michael Fougere spoke at a news conference at city hall on March 19 and is asking the city administration to re-assess all aspects of the current snow clearing system.
“Do we need to get at residential streets quicker in the cycle? Do we start the residential clearing of streets at 25cm or do we do it at less than that? Do we remove snow ridges from the front of people’s driveways or not?” Fougere explained. “Parking is another critical issue and bus service, people want bus service to be available as well.”
With full intent to provide this new service for next year’s winter season – Fougere wants the work to begin immediately, however, any changes that the administration proposes will mainly come down to cost.
Currently, the city spends close to $9 million on winter road maintenance each year.
“We need to provide better service. We do look at how other cities do their services each year, but it’s a balance between ability to pay for that and what kind of service the people would get. This review will take a longer time and we will look at what happens,” Fougere explained.
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